Senate Defeats Cruz LNG Amendment

The Senate voted today to reject an amendment offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have put LNG exports to World Trade Organization members nations on the same legal footing as those destined for nations that have free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States.

As Jennifer Dlouhy wrote in the Houston Chronicle: “Current law requires [DOE] to grant authorization for natural gas exports to [FTA nations] without modification or delay. […] The Cruz proposal was being considered as an amendment to legislation that would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. Although his proposal won a majority of votes, it fell short of the 60 needed for adoption under a Senate agreement.”

The vote on the Cruz amendment fell along party lines, with 52 of the Senate’s 53 Republicans voting “aye” and 45 of the 47 Democrats voting “no.” One Republican (Marco Rubio, FL) and one Democrat (Harry Reid, NV) were absent, and only one Democrat, Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), voted in favor of the amendment